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Missouri Geography

Located on the eastern fringes of the Great Plains of North America, much of Missouri is a fertile prairie land dissected by rivers and streams.

In the west, south of the Missouri River, the Osage Plains stretch to its border with Kansas; it's a mixed tallgrass prairie land with scattered woodlands.

In the southern areas of Missouri the Ozark Plateau (also covering portions of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma) dominates the landscape; it's a beautiful area of heavily forested hills and low mountains, as well as caves, lakes and rivers.

In the southeast region stand the St. Francois Mountains, and the highest point within the state, Taum Sauk Mountain. Missouri's lowest point is found along the St. Francis River in the "Boot Heel" region, along its southeastern border with Arkansas.

Two of America's most important rivers flow through the state; the Mississippi River forms its entire eastern border, and the Missouri River slices the state almost in half. Many additional rivers (tributaries of the Mississippi and Missouri) drain the state, and countless streams enrich the farmlands.

Major lakes in Missouri (many created by river damming) include Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Stockton Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Wappapello, Truman Reservoir, and Bull Shoals Lake on its southern border with Arkansas.

For a closer look at the overall topography of Missouri, view this topographic map!

Missouri Photographs

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Mississippi River

Missouri Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Kirksville Adair 660
Savannah Andrew 816
Rock Port Atchison 660
Mexico Audrain 573
Monett Barry 417
Lamar Barton 417
Butler Bates 660
Warsaw Benton 660
Marble Hill Bollinger 573
Columbia Boone 573
Saint Joseph Buchanan 816
Poplar Bluff Butler 573
Hamilton Caldwell 816
Fulton Callaway 573
Camdenton Camden 573
Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau 573
Carrollton Carroll 660
Ellsinore Carter 573
Belton Cass 816
El Dorado Springs Cedar 417
Salisbury Chariton 660
Nixa Christian 417
Kahoka Clark 660
Kansas City Clay 816
Cameron Clinton 816
Jefferson City Cole 573
Boonville Cooper 660
Cuba Crawford 573
Greenfield Dade 417
Buffalo Dallas 417
Gallatin Daviess 660
Maysville DeKalb 816
Salem Dent 573
Ava Douglas 417
Kennett Dunklin 573
Washington Franklin 636
Owensville Gasconade 573
Albany Gentry 660
Springfield Greene 417
Trenton Grundy 660
Bethany Harrison 660
Clinton Henry 660
Wheatland Hickory 417
Mound City Holt 660
Fayette Howard 660
West Plains Howell 417
Ironton Iron 573
Kansas City Jackson 816
Independence Jackson 816
Joplin Jasper 417
Arnold Jefferson 636
Warrensburg Johnson 660
Edina Knox 660
Lebanon Laclede 417
Odessa Lafayette 816
Aurora Lawrence 417
Canton Lewis 573
Troy Lincoln 636
Brookfield Linn 660
Chillicothe Livingston 660
Macon Macon 660
Fredericktown Madison 573
Belle Maries 573
Hannibal Marion 573
Anderson McDonald 417
Princeton Mercer 660
Eldon Miller 573
Charleston Mississippi 573
California Moniteau 573
Monroe City Monroe 573
Montgomery City Montgomery 573
Versailles Morgan 573
Portageville New Madrid 573
Neosho Newton 417
Maryville Nodaway 660
Thayer Oregon 417
Linn Osage 573
Gainesville Ozark 417
Caruthersville Pemiscot 573
Perryville Perry 573
Sedalia Pettis 660
Rolla Phelps 573
Bowling Green Pike 573
Kansas City Platte 816
Bolivar Polk 417
Fort Leonard Wood Pulaski 573
Unionville Putnam 660
New London Ralls 573
Moberly Randolph 660
Richmond Ray 816
Ellington Reynolds 573
Doniphan Ripley 573
Saint Charles Saint Charles 636
Osceola Saint Clair 417
Farmington Saint Francois 573
Florissant Saint Louis 314
Saint Louis Saint Louis 314
Saint Louis Saint Louis City 314
Sainte Genevieve Sainte Genevieve 573
Marshall Saline 660
Lancaster Schuyler 660
Memphis Scotland 660
Sikeston Scott 573
Birch Tree Shannon 573
Shelbina Shelby 573
Dexter Stoddard 573
Reeds Spring Stone 417
Milan Sullivan 660
Branson Taney 417
Licking Texas 573
Nevada Vernon 417
Warrenton Warren 636
Potosi Washington 573
Piedmont Wayne 573
Marshfield Webster 417
Grant City Worth 660
Mountain Grove Wright 417